Actor Denis Leary’s ‘Rescue Me’ finale aired for the last time on the FX Network as co-creator Peter Tolan said goodbye to a character named Tommy Gavin in a 9/11 memorial.
The show was created three after 9/11 and dedicated to the 343 firefighters who died in New York the day of the terrorist attack. Leary’s character, Tommy Gavin, was based on a firefighter who survived the Twin Towers tragedy and his struggles after it.
In keeping with the spirit of the show, the final images will be one last salute to the fallen firefighters. At the recent Television Critics’ Association, Leary and Tolan talked about the importance of the timing of the end of the series, coming the week of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Leary says, “One of my cousins was a firefighter, and he was killed in the line of duty in 1999. So, in 2009, the tenth anniversary of that event happening in Western Massachusetts,” he explained. He said his family went through the process of a couple of days “dealing with it and sort of celebrating the memory of those guys, and so, on a much smaller scale, you deal with the same emotions.”
Leary added, “So I think, with 9/11, thereâ€™s a lot of the same thing, which is just remembering that out of all of the people that died that day, there were 343 guys that went down there and gave their lives in an extremely heroic circumstance. I just think thatâ€™s probably a big part of it. I know, in the show, Tommy Gavin does not like going down to the site, and we deal with that in this season. But, ultimately, it is something that, hopefully for perpetuity, people like Pearl Harbor, if you go there, youâ€™ll be very aware of what happened and what went on that day.”
The ‘Rescue Me’ series focused on the professional and personal lives of a group of New York City firefighters in the fictitious Ladder 62 / Engine 99 firehouse. The show mainly follows the veteran firefighter and his ever troublesome family as they deal with real-life issues, either with post trauma or domestic problems.